Getting Even

There’s no revenge so complete as forgiveness. (Josh Billings, 19th century American humorist)

From childhood, we tried to get back at anyone who hurt or wronged us. And, of course, when we sought revenge, getting even meant being harsher than the hurt we’d received. Truth is, that kind of behavior didn’t achieve much, did it? Have you tried forgiving your offender instead? You might find both of you will be better off.

“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge . . .  but love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18).

Never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God (Romans 12:19).